Kings County Superior Court

The Superior Court of California, County of Kings, also known as the Kings County Superior Court or Kings Superior Court, is the branch of the California superior court with jurisdiction over Kings County.

Kings County Superior Court
JurisdictionKings County, California
Coordinates36°20′00″N 119°40′17″W / 36.33329°N 119.67143°W / 36.33329; -119.67143Coordinates: 36°20′00″N 119°40′17″W / 36.33329°N 119.67143°W / 36.33329; -119.67143
Appeals toCalifornia Court of Appeal for the Fifth District
Presiding Judge
CurrentlyHon. Robert Shane Burns[1]
Assistant Presiding Judge
CurrentlyHon. Michael J. Reinhart[1]
Court Executive Officer
CurrentlyMichelle S. Martinez[1]


Kings County was partitioned from Tulare County in 1893; the county seat was established at Hanford.[2]

1896/1914 Kings County Courthouse in Hanford, California (2007)

Court was initially held in a space leased in the local opera house; the superior court was moved to the second floor (over the jail) alongside the sheriff's office at West Sixth and Irwin.[3]: 182  The first Superior Court judge elected was Justin Jacobs, in the election of May 23, 1893.[3]: 180–181  Judge Jacobs won re-election in 1894 and served until his death on September 18, 1898; he was succeeded by M.L. Short, who won his re-election campaign in 1890.[3]: 184–186  Judge Short was succeeded by John G. Covert in 1906, who won his race by six votes.[3]: 188 

A new county courthouse was authorized in 1896; the construction contract was awarded to John Haggerty on May 13, 1896, for $26,364. The architect responsible was William H. Wilcox.[4] An addition completed in 1914 was built by Trewhitt-Shields to a design by J. Carl Thayer & Henri Dorlot.[5]


Kings County Superior Court locations:[6][7]
114 W 8th St (Hanford, 1896/1914)
1426 South Dr (Hanford, 1977)
1640 Kings Cty Dr (Hanford, 2016)
501 E Kings St (Avenal)
1000 Chittenden Ave (Corcoran)
449 C St (Lemoore)

The original 1896 courthouse was expanded in 1914 and served as the county courthouse until 1977, when operations moved to the new County Center in Hanford.[8] The 1896/1914 courthouse now hosts a commercial development with shops and restaurants called Courthouse Square.[9] It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[4]

Court operations were consolidated in a single new building on February 16, 2016; the new building consolidates operations from five separate buildings, including the family law court, which was held in Lemoore. The 2016 courthouse has a gross floor area of 144,460 sq ft (13,421 m2) and 12 courtrooms.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "About the Court". Superior Court of California, County of Kings. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  2. ^ California State Assembly. "An Act to create the county of Kings, to define the boundaries thereof, to fix the county seat thereof, and to provide for its organization and election ofofficers, and to classify said county". Thirtieth Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. CL p. 176. direct URL
  3. ^ a b c d Menefee, Eugene L.; Dodge, Fred A. (1913). "XXII: Early County Politics". History of Tulare and Kings Counties, California. Los Angeles, California: Historic Record Company. pp. 179–191. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  4. ^ a b "National Register Information System – Kings County Courthouse (#78003063)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "Kings County, California". Courthouse History. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Court Locations". Superior Court of California, County of Kings. Archived from the original on April 30, 2009.
  7. ^ "Location & Contact Info". Superior Court of California, County of Kings. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  8. ^ Deacon, John (2015). "Kings County". American Courthouses. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Kings County". California Supreme Court Historical Society. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Kings County, New Hanford Courthouse". California Courts. Retrieved 11 July 2021.

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